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Title: Habitat provision associated with environmental flows
Authors: Bhattacharjee, Natalia V.
Willis, Joshua R.
Tollner, Ernest W.
McKay, S. Kyle
Keywords: Stream restoration
Restoration ecology
Aquatic habitats
Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research Program (U.S.)
Publisher: Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Note (Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research Program (U.S.) ; no. ERDC/TN EMRRP-SR-85
Abstract: A comprehensive analysis of environmental flows, the amount, timing and quality of flow regimes, represents a key step in ensuring adequate water availability to meet increasing human needs while minimizing adverse impacts on aquatic ecosystems. This study investigates how several modeled instream flow and water withdrawal scenarios affect habitat provision in the Middle Oconee River near Athens, Georgia. Historical discharge data are coupled with water withdrawal simulations for each withdrawal scheme to examine trade-offs between ecological and social outcomes (i.e., habitat provision and water withdrawal, respectively). Hydraulic models are applied to translate hydrologic simulations into habitat suitability for the following three generic habitat types: shallow-fast, deep-fast, and shallow-slow. The availability and distribution of habitats are analyzed with respect to increasing water withdrawal rates. Finally, the utility of deterministic modeling approaches based on long-term average conditions relative to stochastic modeling approaches using frequency-weighted outcomes are compared. The analytical methodology and approach set forth in this technical note (TN) may be easily adapted to inform environmental flow analyses at other study sites.
Description: Technical Note
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/TN EMRRP-SR-85
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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